The Kasparov Gambit: amazing win against Karpov in WC 1985


Today we’re going to look at one of the greatest chess games of all time, from the World Championship Match 1985 between two of the greatest chess players, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.

After 48 games had been played in the Karpov-Kasparov World Championship Match 1984, the event was cancelled while it was still in progress. The FIDE president stated that the match had “exhausted the physical, if not the psychological resources, of not only the participants but all those connected with the match…” No winner was declared, so Anatoly Karpov retained the title. That’s how a new World Championship Match began in 1985 between the two great players.
garry kasparov vs anatoly karpov wc 1985Garry Kasparov won the WC 1985 with a final score 13-11 and became the 13th world chess champion!. It’s the 16th game, where Kasparov was playing Black. He took the lead after winning what can be called a truly fantastic piece of chess game.

The Sicilian defense was played and there was a controversial gambit early in the opening, which was later coined “The Kasparov Gambit”. Kasparov achieved a dynamic composition for the pawn later in the game, resulting in very passive pieces for Karpov. Black’s knight tied down almost all the pieces of White at one point of the game.

Our guest coach CM Tryfon Gavriel has prepared an instructive video lesson for you, sharing his thoughts with you. You can watch the video below:

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